There are nineteen online lesson plans for the 4th/5th grade level in Teaching Delaware History with Primary Sources. This project’s chronological time period stretches from the early colonization period to the time of the Civil War. The one exception is the World War I document used in the primary source lesson (Lesson A). Each set of documents is contained in a separate, labeled folder in one of the three boxes in the kit. Other documents are included in the Image Gallery online and can be saved to your computer as individual jpegs (for projection in a slideshow) or as a complete PDF (for printing).

To locate the document you wish to use, simply find the folder(s) or online document that has the same letter and identifier found in the lesson plan. In most cases, there will be one or two documents for each lesson. The 1796 overhead map of Delaware, found in the Image Gallery, is the only document that does not have a letter designation because it is used in several lessons. Many of these documents will be a challenge to read for both the student and the teacher. Some of the documents have sections that may be illegible or faded. However, transcriptions are provided so the instructor will be able to lead the students through the document.

A list of the plans and a brief summary of their content are found in the next part of this introductory section. Each lesson plan includes procedures, background information, and transcriptions of the documents. Please note that the transcriptions include the original spelling of the words in the documents. These plans may be presented as written or they can serve as a springboard to stimulate more ideas for the classroom.

4th/5th Grade Lesson Plans